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Ripton Democrat Willem Jewett will not run for Majority Leader

Posted on November 4, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, confirmed on Tuesday he will not seek re-election as House majority leader, saying he wants to return as a rank-and-file member of the Vermont House of Representatives to devote more time and energy to specific issues and constituent services.

“This was not a decision made in a moment,” Jewett told the Independent.

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Ripton to host first aid class on Saturday

Posted on October 22, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Friends of The Ripton Church this Saturday will sponsor a First Aid, CPR and AED class that is certified by the American Heart Association.

This class covers general first aid issues, medical emergencies, injury and environment emergencies. Ed Sullivan, a Ripton EMT, will teach the class.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ripton Community Church in the village; the fee is $5 for the class plus any donation to the continued restoration of the church would be appreciated.

Call 388-1062 to reserve a spot.

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Ripton's McKibben takes home 'Alternative Nobel Prize'

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Noted journalist and climate movement activist Bill McKibben has won the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, which is sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”

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Translators of literature coming to Ripton for conference

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College in June 2015 will welcome participants to the inaugural session of the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, the first conference to highlight the important role that literary translators of poetry and prose play in the United States and beyond.

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Professional actor returns time and again to Bread Loaf

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories on summer theater in Ripton.

RIPTON — Actor Jonathan Fried’s connection with summer theater at Bread Loaf began with “Macbeth.”

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Bread Loaf's costume designers consider every Shakespearean detail

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories on summer theater in Ripton.

RIPTON — The Bread Loaf costume shop is housed in a tiny, white clapboard attachment at the far end of the Little Theater on Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus. It opens onto a screened-in porch where actors can rest between scenes.

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Middlebury College, Ripton ink PILOT deal

Posted on July 21, 2014 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Middlebury College has agreed to a new, 10-year agreement with the town of Ripton, through which the institution will make annual cash payments to the community and deliver free ski lessons to local school children in recognition of its non-taxable property.

“We’re delighted that we’ve completed the extension of our long-term financial commitment to the town of Ripton,” said Patrick Norton, vice president for finance and treasurer of the college. “Middlebury has deep roots in Ripton and we value that relationship greatly.”

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Actor brings professionalism to Bread Loaf play

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



RIPTON — When Ian McNeely arrived at the Bread Loaf School of English this June, he turned to a nearby student and asked, “What is this place?”

McNeely had been hired as a member of the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble only a few weeks before the Bread Loaf sessions began after two other actors had to back out, and so had had little time to prepare for his time in Ripton. In fact, he admitted with a grin, he didn’t even have time to Google the place.

“I was a replacement of a replacement,” McNeely said.

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Bread Loaf offers Shakespeare in the summer

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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RIPTON — Last Wednesday evening around 30 Bread Loaf School of English graduate students, staff, faculty and children gathered here in a small white building — the “Burgess Meredith Little Theater” behind the Bread Loaf Inn — to audition for the handful of supporting roles in this summer’s production of Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida.” Students and faculty read from Shakespearian monologues, enduring a lengthy audition process that went well into the night, and many community members came simply to watch.

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River Watch group has some concerns with local waters

Posted on June 23, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — At its volunteer training session in March, Addison County River Watch Collaborative had a standing-room-only crowd of eager water samplers, and, since then, one morning per month those volunteers from many Addison County communities have been venturing out to collect bottles of water from area streams. This year the river monitoring collaborative established several new sampling sites on the upper Middlebury River in Ripton, and also is still monitoring five other rivers in the county, an ongoing effort designed to tease out trends in water quality.

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